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Yes. In December 2016, NERC announced there were updated content outlines. Beginning February 13, 2017, the exam will include questions based on updated content outlines and the most current NERC Reliability Standards. SOS NERC Certification training is up-to-date and reflects these changes.


Our NERC Prep program includes only the standards applicable to the current version of the NERC certification exam.

Yes, students can find us on Facebook where you can find news about upcoming courses, our instructors, etc.

Once a student takes all the unique exams, he or she will no longer have access to them. Students are limited to taking each practice exam one time to avoid memorizing of answers instead of learning the applications. However, the student can contact our customer service department ( to have the exams reset so they can be taken again.

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We are plugged into the same information our clients and students are - NERC standards communication, web site updates, and other information provided by NERC. Our Compliance Consulting team is key to ensuring our information is up to date.

SOS has been training system operators to pass the certification exam for more than 14 years. We are the training experts and we know how NERC standards apply to system operations. Our content is developed by Subject Matter Experts who are certified and have worked in real-time operating positions. Our SMEs have a broad range of experience, offering an industry perspective.

Our NERC Standards for System Operators program focuses on standards that apply to the operation of the Bulk Electric System in real-time. The content is updated as standards are changed, added, or retired. The updated material in NERC Standards for System Operators is targeted to operators and real-time system operations. See the product sheet for a complete list of courses.  

Yes. However, while the online and instructor-led program elements can be purchased separately, the NERC Certification: Exam Preparation program is most effective when the student completes all of the components - NERC Pre-Assessment Evaluation, NERC Certification: Exam Preparation Online, NERC Certification: Exam Preparation Instructor-Led, and End-of-Program Practice Exams (Ohm Exams).


It is important to understand that the instructor-led class does not cover the full range of information needed to pass the certification exam. It is designed to complement the online program, helping students determine if they are ready to take the exam and what areas they may need to focus on further before taking the exam.

Regardless of the NERC exam you are planning to take, you are responsible for knowing all of the standards in the content outline. You will simply receive a higher concentration of questions in the TO or BA area if you are taking those exams. Be sure to take the practice (Ohms) test that corresponds with the NERC exam you plan to take.

A student may spend as much time as needed on the material to ensure they have mastered the knowledge to take the exam and perform the job of System Operator. While the instructor-led portion of the program is a three-day class, the online portion can be taken at the student's individual rate of learning. The material consists of 32 modules each of which can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes to complete.

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